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Welcome to the GFX Area Resource Index. I created this Index because i thought it would be a better way to go about creating resource topics for the members, this way is better because it's one large topic rather than a large number of smaller topics. This makes it easier to manage and update the content.

 

Below you will find some useful links to various GFX related resources, such as downloads, tutorials, image hosting websites, etc. As well as important information specific to GTAForums, like rules, members tutorials, etc.

 

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Software Overview

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Programs Name Current Version Category Description Price Website Options
Adobe Photoshop CS2 (9) Photo Manipulation The best Image Manipulation Software Package by far. And the chosen package by most Graphic Designer, Web Designers, and Photographers. "Limitless" describes this program in one word. From US$649 Here Buy | Trial
Adobe ImageReady CS2 (7) Animation Said to be the best and easiest way to create graphics for the World Wide Web. Be in animations, GFX or Web Designs, ImageReady will do it, and do it will. Though not very easy to use at first, it can do a lot for you if you learn the ropes. Comes with Photoshop. Here
Adobe Illustrator CS2 (12) Vectoring Another killer program from Adobe. Create cartoons, illustration's and cool looking Graphics in Adobe Illustrator. From US$499 Here Buy | Trial
Corel Paint Shop Pro 11 Photo Manipulation Second to Photoshop, this program has 100's of filter and limitless possiblities. If you can't afford Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro is the next best thing. US$99.99 Here Buy | Trial
3DS Max 7 3D Modeling One of the most used, download and popular 3D Modeling Programs out there. Limitless. Not very easy to use, but with millions of tutorials and examples all over the internet, you'll learn soon enough. Not exactly cheap however. US$3,495.00 Here Buy | Trial
SketchUp 5 3D Modeling The easiest but sadly most limited 3D design program. It is very simple to use, and you can create some pretty amazing things, although, it's not as good as it's Sister products, 3DS Maxs and Bryce. US$495 Here BuyTrial
GIMP 2.3.11 Photo Manipulation The best FREE Image Editor on the market. Has many options, can be used for animation, photo manipulation, and anything else you require it for. And best of all it's 100% FREE! Free Here Download
Macromedia FreeHand MX Illustration Make fancy 3D looking creations and Graphics for Illustration. Unknown Here Buy | Trial
Macromedia Fireworks MX Photo Manipulation A close compeditor to Photoshop, now owned by Adobe, it's unsure whether they will continue to update the product. However is does support Photoshop Document Formats and can easily do animation and photo edits. US$299 Here Buy | Trial
Macromedia Flash MX Flash Animation Creation Love it or hate it, Flash animations have changed the internet in ways never imagined. And if your very talented, you cna make big money out of creating the animation. Macromedia Flash makes it easy to do so. So why no give it a go? US$699 Here Buy | Trial
Bryce 5 3D Modeling Want to create 3D Models simalar to that of what you can do with 3DS Max for cheap? Yes? Bryce is for you. Easy to use, many tutorials and the ability to make amazing 3D Designs and Models. Feel the power! US$99.95 - US$109.95 Here Buy
Jasc/Corel Animation Shop 3 Animation Easily create and edit animations and animated banners. Very limited, but easy to use and fun. US$39.00 Here Buy | Trial
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Image File Formats Guide

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.::-----Program Image File Formats-----::.

 

 

.PSD
Format Photoshop Document
Extension .psd
Developer Adobe
Supports Transparency? Yes
Description PSD is the primary file format used by Graphics Designers using Adobe Photoshop. It is not just a image format, it also saves text, information, and other important information so that when open up in Photoshop you can edit text, layers and manipulate the image. This is not possible with normal image file formats such as GIF, PNG, JPG, etc. It is also supported by many image editors now.
Pros
  • Saves all important Information for quick image re-editing.
  • Contains not only the image, but layers, info and text.
  • Supported by many image editors and programs.
Cons
  • Very large file size ratios.
Website Here.
.PSP
Format Paint Shop Pro Document
Extension .psp
Developer Jasc/Corel
Supports Transparency? Yes
Description PSP is the main image format used by Jasc/Corel for there software suit, Pain Shop Pro. Similar to Adobes Photoshop PSD file format, PSP saves layers, text and other important information for quick editing of files. Sadly not supported by many image editors.
Pros
  • Saves all important Information for quick image re-editing.
  • Contains not only the image, but layers, info and text.
Cons
  • Very large file size ratios.
  • Not supported by many image editors.
Website Here.
.AI
Format Adobe Illustrator Document
Extension .ai
Developer Adobe
Supports Transparency? Yes
Description The .ai file format is used by Adobe Illustrator for Vector images. It's not believed to be supported by anyone else other that Adobe at the present moment in time.
Pros
  • Saves all important Information for quick image re-editing.
  • Contains not only the image, but layers, info and text.
Cons
  • Very large file size ratios.
  • Not supported by anyone but Adobe.
Website Here.
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.JPEG
Format Joint Photographic Experts Group
Extension .jpeg

.jpg

Developer JPEG.org
Supports Transparency? No
Description JPEG is one of the most popular and most used image file formats in the world. It's used mostly for Web Images as well as normal images, like desktop wallpapers and graphics. It can be used for lossy compression and lossless compression. Making it a great image file format for just about anything. Though it can only be maded most of when using an image editor such as Fireworks, Photoshop or Pain Shop Pro. As many others don't support the comprssion settings, thus meaning you will not get a nice image, more of a blury one. .jpg2 and .jp2 are the new versions of the image format, with a lot better compression options. Though it is not supported by many, if any image editors as of yet. The 2 in .jpg2 and .jp2 stands for 2000. When the format was created.
Pros
  • JPEG's Compression Settings means you can have a small file, and still a good quality image.
  • Very small file size ratios no matter what compression setting.
Cons
  • Compression Setting not supported by many image editors.
  • Without a low compression setting it will make the image very blury and pixilated.
  • JPEG's 2000 version of the image format is not currently supported by many image editors.
Website Here.
.PNG
Format Portable Network Graphics
Extension .png
Developer W3C
Supports Transparency? Yes
Description PNG is a bitmap image format, it's used mostly by web developers because it has lossless compression. The images are clear, clean and have a very high quality. There file size ratios are ralitivle small compared to other image file formats and also support transparency as well as very clear opacity settings. PNG was created to not only expand upon the GIF image format but to also nearly totally replace it. As GIF is not a clear or clean as PNG's are.
Pros
  • Great image file size ratios.
  • Creates really clear and nice images.
  • Supports very clear transparency and opacity settings.
  • Great for websites, web images and icons.
Cons
  • PNG Transparence not supported in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and below.
Website Here.
.GIF
Format Graphics Interchange Format
Extension .gif
Developer CompuServe
Supports Transparency? Yes
Description Being Re-written.
Pros
  • Being re-written
Cons
  • Being re-written
Website Here.
.BMP
Format Windows Bitmap
Extension .bmp
Developer Microsoft
Supports Transparency? Yes & No
Description Bitmaps are used mostly by games, programs and Microsoft Windows running under the MS Windows Operating System .bmp's care lossless compression (if specified) and a high quality of imaging. Tha catch? Bitmaps are terrible oversized, even the smalled image saved in the .bmp format can sometimes end up being over 5mb in size. Though, if your using it for a game, program of operating system, it's the best choice. It's important to let you know that more programs save bitmaps as only uncompressed files. Bitmaps also do not support transparence, though when saving them with tranparence a pink color will be placed in all transparent area of the image. They can be used transparently for programs. There not a good idea to use on the world wide web though as there too large.
Pros
  • Great image file size ratios.
  • Creates really clear and nice images.
  • Supports very clear transparency and opacity settings.
  • Great for websites, web images and icons.
Cons
  • PNG Transparence not supported in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and below.
Website Here.
.TIF
Format Tagged Image File Format
Extension .tif, .tiff
Developer Adobe
Supports Transparency? Unknown
Description Tagged Image File Format was origanaly created by the company Aldus with Microsoft, for use with PostScript printing. It's most used for high color depth images and holds a close relation ship between JPEG and PNG. Though supported by may image editing programs such as Photoshop, GIMP and Paint Shop Pro, most web image uploaders do not allow it's file extention.This is the same for most forum and Content Managment System software as well. Adobe is now the maintainer of the file format.
Pros
  • Very simalar to PNG and JPEG in quality and size.
  • Supported by most if not all Image Editing Programs.
Cons
  • Not supported by many online image uploaders or Content Managment Systems.
Website Here.
.PCX
Format PCX
Extension .pcx
Developer ZSoft Corporation (Website URL unknown)
Supports Transparency? Unknown
Description The PCX image file format uses very simple run-length encoding which is a type of lossless compression simalar to that of most other image formats. It was origanaly made for use with ZSofts PC Paintbrush graphics program that was found around the MSDOS erra. It was very popular, though has since not been re-invent for Windows or Mac as far as i know. They primarly use only color plattes, though some have been edited to allow 24-bit images. The image format was extreamly popular back around the time of DOS and some early Windows systems, but is nowadays rarly found. Most programs like Photoshop still support it, but it's not supported by many other, nor any online image hosters.The main reason it is now obsoloat is because it has been replaced by so many other better image formats that support not only better quality, but better compression to.
Pros
  • Great compression.
  • Quality wasn't to bad.
  • Very popular around the time of DOS.
Cons
  • Not supported by many online image uploaders or Content Managment Systems.
  • Not supported by many image editors anymore.
  • Only avalibe on early DOS and Windows.
  • Has been replaced by many better quality image file formats..
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Tutorial Sites

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General

 

http://www.pixel2life.com/

www.good-tutorials.com/

www.tutorialized.com/

http://phong.com/tutorials/

http://www.gfx-artwork.de/tutorials/tuts.html

http://www.spoono.com

http://www.techtuts.com/?view=tutorials&act=cat&id=17

http://www.effectlab.com/index2.html

http://www.tutorials-db.com/

 

Animation

 

http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshop...rialsanimation/

http://www.webmonkey.com/webmonkey/multime.../tutorial1.html

http://www.cartoonster.com/

http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Simple_Animations/

 

3D Modeling

 

http://www.webreference.com/3d/

http://www.highend3d.com/3dsmax/tutorials/

http://www.tutorialized.com/tutorials/3DS-MAX/1

http://www.3dm3.com/tutorials/

http://www.pixel2life.com/tutorials/3D_Stu...Max/All/?tut=16

http://www.3dlinks.com/links.cfm?categoryi...bcategoryid=105

http://www.newtutorials.com/3dsmax-tutorials.htm

http://www.tutorio.com/3dsmax-tutorials.html

 

Vectorizing/Illustrating

 

http://www.vectorportal.com

http://www.illustratorworld.com

http://www.brandsoftheworld.com

 

Application Dependent: Photoshop

 

http://dmoz.org/Computers/Software/Graphic..._and_Tutorials/

http://psworkshop.net/psworkshop/

www.photoshopcafe.com/

www.planetphotoshop.com/tutorials.html

http://www.absolutecross.com/tutorials/photoshop/

http://user.fundy.net/morris/photoshop.shtml

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials.html

http://www.biorust.com/

http://www.pixel2life.com/tutorials/adobe_photoshop/

www.pslover.com/

 

Application Dependent: Flash

 

http://www.ultrashock.com

http://www.flashaddict.com/

http://www.flashkit.com/tutorials/

http://www.echoecho.com/flash.htm

http://www.w3schools.com/flash/default.asp

http://www.adobe.com/support/flash/tutorial_index.html

http://www.tutorialized.com/tutorials/Flash/1

http://www.actionscript.org/tutorials.shtml

http://www.pinoy7.com/flash/default.shtml

http://www.pixel2life.com/tutorials/macromedia_flash/

 

Application Dependent: Paint Shop Pro

 

http://www.psplinks.com/

www.designsbyjoy.net/PSPTutorials1/

www.grafx-design.com/psp_tut.html

www.hypergurl.com/tutorials.html

www.psptoybox.com/links/psp7/7links.htm

http://www.pinoy7.com/psptutorials/default.shtml

 

3dMax:

3dcafe

3dbuzz

3dtotal

Pixel2Life

3D-Palace.com

OnnoVanBraam.com

Tutorialized.com

PoopInMyMouth.com

GHouseProductions.com

TutorialOutpost.com

CadDigest.com

3DKingdom.org

HighEnd3D.com

Max-Realms.com

3DTotal.com

Evermotion.org

CrystalMadness.com

Duber.cz

3DNuts.com

Oman3D.com

Skillreactor.com

3D-Resources.com

 

Maya:

3dcafe

Maya

Pixel2Life

3D-Palace.com

HighEnd3D.com

3D-Resources.com

 

Autocad:

3dcafe

Pixel2Life

 

Bryce:

3dcafe

Pixel2Life

 

Cinema4d:

c4dcafe

Pixel2Life

 

Lightwave:

3dtotal

Pixel2Life

3D-Palace.com

 

Softimage xsi:

3dtotal

3D-Palace.com

 

Blueprints:

Suurland

Onnovanbraam

Anatomy of the Human Body

Securityarms

Avia

B-domke

Airwar

Scratch Made Cars

 

**Note: This guide is constantly being updated with more links. If you have one to add PM me here.

 

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Resource Links

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Free Graphics

 

www.freegraphics.com

www.free-graphics.com

www.thefreesite.com/Free_Graphics/

www.freegraphics.org/

www.coolarchive.com/

mediabuilder.com/

http://www.1clipart.com/

http://www.grsites.com/webgraphics/

www.prodraw.net/

www.freegraphicland.com/

www.syruss.com/

http://mem.tcon.net/dorothy/

http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us

http://www.barrysclipart.com/

http://www.designedtoat.com/freegraphics.htm

http://www.graphics-4free.com/

http://www.allfreeclipart.com/

http://www.free-stuff.me.uk/free/graphics

http://www.animationfactory.com

 

Free Fonts

 

http://www.dafont.com/

www.1001freefonts.com/

http://free-fonts.com/

http://simplythebest.net/fonts/

http://www.fontfreak.com/index3.htm

http://www.webpagepublicity.com/free-fonts.html

http://www.fontfile.com/

Acid fonts - Free fonts and Dingbats

http://www.1001fonts.com/

http://www.dingbatdepot.com/

Absolute Fonts Archive 6,800+ Free True Type Fonts

Famous Fonts for Download

GoldenWeb.it - Free True Type Fonts

Search Free Fonts - over 7000 free fonts available for download

 

3D Modeling

 

http://www.baument.com/

http://www.thedesignworld.com/renders/3d-renders/

http://www.3drender.com/

http://www.creationindigital.com/index.php?showforum=21

http://www.baument.com/tutorials.html

 

Application Dependent: Photoshop

 

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/#vie...hange&loc=en_us

http://photoshopdownloads.com/

http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-downloads

http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/photoshopdownloads/

http://www.biorust.com/downloads/index/

http://www.freephotoshop.com/

http://www.atncentral.com/download.htm

http://www.spoono.com/photoshop/downloads/?what=brushes

 

Application Dependent: Flash

 

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/#vie...hange&loc=en_us

 

 

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*Reserved*

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading. Please leave any comments, and don't forget to rate the topic wink.gif.
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Wow holy f*ck, some amazing work. How long did this take you? They should award you with a 6th karma star.

 

/rates good

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You definately need more karma or something! Awesome work, although, there are a few errors like PNG information, pros and cons pasted in GIF and BMP sections. wink.gif

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You definately need more karma or something! Awesome work, although, there are a few errors like PNG information, pros and cons pasted in GIF and BMP sections. wink.gif

Yeah, thanks for letting me know about that error, I'll re-write the .GIF information section. I don't know what happened there tounge.gif.

 

Thanks for all the kind comments everyone, it's much appreciated smile.gif.

 

Also thanks for the good rating smile.gif.

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Here's a few links you might like to add:

 

http://www.vectorportal.com/ - links to anything vector related.

 

http://www.illustratorworld.com/ - Illustrator site

 

http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/ - a resource site for most of your logo needs. All files are in vector, so no more resolution problems.

Wow, very nice links, and very nice sites, thank you tagamaynila. I added them to the lists, they are very useful, thanks icon14.gif.

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This is quite awesome Actually!

It actually useful for people who don't use photshop

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And I'm sure there are a lot more.

 

Personally I'd lose the bit on formats though, as there's some stuff in there that's kinda iffy and not exactly accurate. Either way, nice effort. smile.gif

Thanks Sweets, I'll add your fonts to the list smile.gif.

 

And yes, some of the format stuff needs to be re-written. I don't know what i was thinking when I wrote some of it tounge.gif.

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Kudos to u this got pinned.Btw add game-image.com to imagehosts

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jarjar, you should add Corel Draw (X3 is the latest), since Freehand's future is in doubt at best. It's a print-industry standard software package, and does everything Illustrator does for about half the price. Even export AI formats if you need them (along with about a billion more; my company uses it quite frequently). Great vector package, and it comes with Photo Paint - Paint Shop Pro on steriods.

 

Just a suggestion. smile.gif

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jarjar, you should add Corel Draw (X3 is the latest), since Freehand's future is in doubt at best. It's a print-industry standard software package, and does everything Illustrator does for about half the price. Even export AI formats if you need them (along with about a billion more; my company uses it quite frequently). Great vector package, and it comes with Photo Paint - Paint Shop Pro on steriods.

 

Just a suggestion. smile.gif

No that's fine, I want people to suggest things, that's the idea of the Resource Index. Thanks for you suggest, I'll do some research and get it added ASAP, thanks icon14.gif.

 

Cheers'

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Add http://www.imgspot.com/ to image uploaders

 

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NP Jarjar. O btw is my subdomain set up wow.gif

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I've updated the 3D tutorials section of the resource index, the links were those formely of the "Resources" topic in 3DGFX which is soon to be re-merged with 2DFX

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